n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Persons of discourse and the rhetoric of inclusion in the of Gaius

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Gaius' were designed to provide an introductory overview for students embarking on the study of Roman law - a function which, in its original form and in Justinian's adaptation, it has continued to perform to this day, as well as engaging the attentions of specialists. This study is directed towards one aspect of Gaius' pedagogical method : the manipulation of persons of discourse in the text, by means of which the gulf is bridged between teacher and student, adept and initiate, elder and junior. In reference to the study of the law as conducted in the text, first and second persons of discourse are combined so as to create the effect of a common undertaking. With reference to the operation of the law as described in the text, they are partly separated, but in such a way as to show writer and reader operating on equal terms within the legally regulated spheres of social and economic activity. In neither aspect of the text is the envisioned reader - presumably a very young man - isolated from either the intellectual or the practical activity of the writer and his peers.

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